Date of birth
Dougie Freedman joined Palace for his first period with the club in 1995, with the striker making an immediate impact, finding the back of the net 20 times in Division One at the end of his first season.
His 11-minute hat-trick in a 5-0 win against Grimsby Town was not only the club’s then-fastest of all-time but was also Palace’s 100th hat-trick in all competitions since joining the Football League in 1920.
Due to suspension the Glasgow-born forward missed the play-off final in 1997 but played a major role in the club reaching the showpiece event. His 11 goals that season were added to in the play-off semi-final against Wolverhampton Wanderers when he came off the bench to score two and lead the club to that promotion-winning final against Sheffield United.
After leaving later that year he was to return for a second spell in south London when he signed from Nottingham Forest in 2000. The finish to that season goes down in the history books for the club, with two victories in the final week of the season securing their status in Division One.
Freedman netted twice in the penultimate game against Portsmouth and with three minutes remaining scored that precious winner against Stockport County on the final day of 2000/01.
The following season saw him record his best seasonal tally with 21 goals in all competitions and also a senior call-up to the Scotland squad.
In 2004 he won promotion with the club for a second time and in November the following year passed 100 goals for Palace.
Nottingham Forest, 23/10/2000.
|Debut||v Birmingham City (a) 9/9/1995|
|Manager at Palace||
Ray Lewington / Peter Nicholas, Dave Bassett, Steve Coppell, Alan Smith, Steve Kember, Steve Bruce, Trevor Francis, Kit Symons, Iain Dowie, Peter Taylor, Neil Warnock.